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Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel has vowed not to give up after struggling with an injury that seems to have hampered his career.
Van Ginkel has been at Chelsea for six years as he moved to Stamford Bridge from Vitesse back in 2013 as a very highly rated youngster.
However, injuries have made it difficult for him to establish himself in the Chelsea team.
The 27-year-old has had loan spells at AC Milan, Stoke and PSV, and only returned from an 18-month injury layoff.
The Dutchman returned to first-team training in November and he has vowed not to give up as he promises to fight through the dark times.
“You get dispirited when you hear everything has to be done again,” he told NOS. “I needed a new surgery, but didn’t know when. My knee needed flushing out to get rid of that infection, so I had three surgeries in six days.
“That was quite an event, but infections like that could end your career. I wasn’t thinking about that, though. The flushing out helped me a lot, but I had to wait four to five months before I could get going again. That was a long time. I have gone through dark times.
“I usually am a very positive minded person. The people around me always supported me, as does Chelsea. I won’t give up easy, because I’m not a quitter. Of course, I had some very bad days, though.”